Thursday, January 01, 2009

Feliz Ano Novo!

CP and I smooched a little early, following the semi-resonant toll of the second of Alfama's two, always slightly-off cathedral bells. Reckon we shared our final '08 kiss around 23:57... Only a few couples had gathered on the overlook, but twenty or thirty seconds before midnight a crowd emerged from the shadows and began a staggered series of countdowns. No one seemed to know when to begin cheering, but a consensus soon emerged...



January 1, 2009, 00:00.50:

Starlings flee the palms...



January 1, 2009, 00:03.20:

Pots and pans are the only civilized move...



January 1, 2009, 00:07.30:

We make the turn back toward the Alley of Pre-Moistened Despair and the electrico tracks beyond...



January 1, 2009, 00:08.50:

The home stretch. (And we do mean stretch.)



January 1, 2009, 00:10.5:

Nothing quite like the sound of incoming mortar fire mingling with squeals of manic delight...



Happy 2009!

TS/CF, Lisboa